Object #1007348 from MS-Papers-0032-0312

2 pages written 15 Jul 1851 by Henry Halse in New Plymouth District to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0312 (49 digitised items). 43 letters written from New Plymouth and Huatoki. Includes copies of letters from Wiremu Kingi, Witi, and Aperahama, Te Kani, 1851

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New Plymouth

15th. July 1851.



Dear Sir,

Heale left this morning at 6 with dispatches from Auckland, for Sir George; and a note from me, to you. I write again to say that the French frigate, "L'Almene", 36 guns, was run ashore between Hokianga and Kaipara, in stress of weather, early in June; and that the natives helped themselves to some guns and ammunition; which circumstance fully accounts for yesterday's special messenger. Moreover, I hear a feeling of insecurity is creeping over

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the Northern settlers, and that Captain Panott, of the 58th. in a conversation with Dr. Muller, the surgeon of the "Stateley", and now with me, said he expected to have a brush ere long. Should old scores be revived, it is to be hoped a better system will he adopted by Goverament, and so effectually subdue the present overconfident native. I am still of opinion that riflemen and bluejackets are the boys to do the business; and the sooner they supercede the military in this country, the sooner will all prospects of outbreak be brought to an end.

I have been running about until my pen shakes; and am off again to the beach with Muller; who is returning to the vessel. The wind is fair, and I expect she will soon be in Wellington.

Nothing else to say, except that 180 men, 10 Officers, and one lady from the frigate, are now in Auckland.


Yours very sincerely (Signed)
H. Halse.
To:- D. McLean Esq.

English (ATL)

New Plymouth

15th. July 1851.



Dear Sir,

Heale left this morning at 6 with dispatches from Auckland, for Sir George; and a note from me, to you. I write again to say that the French frigate, "L'Almene", 36 guns, was run ashore between Hokianga and Kaipara, in stress of weather, early in June; and that the natives helped themselves to some guns and ammunition; which circumstance fully accounts for yesterday's special messenger. Moreover, I hear a feeling of insecurity is creeping over the Northern settlers, and that Captain Panott, of the 58th. in a conversation with Dr. Muller, the surgeon of the "Stateley", and now with me, said he expected to have a brush ere long. Should old scores be revived, it is to be hoped a better system will he adopted by Goverament, and so effectually subdue the present overconfident native. I am still of opinion that riflemen and bluejackets are the boys to do the business; and the sooner they supercede the military in this country, the sooner will all prospects of outbreak be brought to an end.

I have been running about until my pen shakes; and am off again to the beach with Muller; who is returning to the vessel. The wind is fair, and I expect she will soon be in Wellington.

Nothing else to say, except that 180 men, 10 Officers, and one lady from the frigate, are now in Auckland.


Yours very sincerely (Signed)
H. Halse.
To:- D. McLean Esq.

Part of:
Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0312 (49 digitised items)
Series 1 Inward letters (English), Reference Number Series 1 Inward letters (English) (14501 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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